Publisher Information: Washington DC: B. Homans, 1837.
Sewall, Thomas (1786 or 1787 – 1845). An examination of phrenology; in two lectures . . . 70, [2, blank]pp. 8 folding lithographed plates, including frontispiece. Washington City: B. Homans, 1837. 222 x 135 mm. 20th century cloth, library markings on spine, free endpapers removed, trace of card pocket removal on front pastedown. Light marginal dampstaining, edges of 2 or 3 plates a bit frayed, but overall good.
First Edition, and scarce, with only four hard copies (British Library , Boston Public Library, University of Liverpool) cited in OCLC. This may be the earliest work incorporating anatomical images that was written in opposition to phrenology. Sewall, a physician from New England, was a founding member of the medical department at Columbian College (now George Washington University) in Washington D.C., where he had relocated after being convicted of body-snatching in Massachusetts. A vocal opponent of phrenology, Sewall laid out his objections to this popular pseudo-science in the present work, based on two lectures delivered before the students of Columbian College in 1837. The work is illustrated with images of horizontal and vertical sections of the brain and skull, together with a diagram of the phrenological “organs” of the brain / mind.Book Id: 45229